The San Francisco Giants and Mike Matheny are linked for a number of reasons.
Primarily, Matheny spent the last two seasons of an excellent major league career playing catcher for the Orange and Black from 2005-2006. After that, the Matheny-managed Cardinals faced off against the Bruce Bochy-led Giants in the MLB Playoffs, losing in the 2012 and 2014 NLCS to the eventual World Series Champions.
Could their paths cross once again? It’s a possibility according to Jeff Flanagan of MLB.com, who’s reporting that Matheny has drawn interest from the Giants, among other teams, in their search for Bochy’s replacement.
“If I were a betting man, I still would say Mike Matheny is the odds-on favorite to become the next manager. No, it’s not as certain as it once was. Matheny has drawn interest from other teams with managerial openings, including the Padres, Giants and Mets. But word has it that the Padres are going another direction.”
Matheny, 49, was fired by the Cardinals in the middle of the 2018 season, posting a 591–474 career record (.555) during a tenure that began in 2012. Matheny has spent the past two seasons with the Kansas City Royals as a special advisor for player development.
In addition to interviewing internal candidates and assistant coaches Hensley Mulens and Ron Wotus, the club has also reportedly spoken with A’s quality control coach Mark Kotsay and Royals quality control coach Pedro Grifol, according to Ken Rosenthal. They are also going to interview recently fired Phillies manager Gabe Kapler according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, and are interested in former Padres outfielder and current Cubs first-base coach Will Venable.